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Best strap locks?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Randy Howard, May 2, 2015.

  1. Randy Howard

    Randy Howard

    Apr 2, 2015
    This has probably been kicked around before. What brand of strap lock is best, most reliable, most durable, toughest finish, easy to use? I would want black colored ones. Thanks.
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I've used Dunlop for decades and no other strap locks have given me a reason to switch yet.
  3. steveinohio


    May 27, 2007
    I'm a big fan of Schaller. I kind of think its like asking what the best strings are.
  4. +1
  5. Randy Howard

    Randy Howard

    Apr 2, 2015
    I should mention that the strap I currently use is a Planet Waves and the end leathers are at least 1/8" thick, if that makes a difference.
  6. Fit4pain

    Fit4pain Supporting Member

    May 30, 2012
    San Antonio Texas
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  7. BazzTard

    BazzTard Banned

    Planet Waves Lock Strap. Period.
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  8. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    Red washers from inside Grolsch beer bottle caps. Never failed me yet and you get a complimentary beer too.
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  9. lg_Schaller_Strap_Security_Locks_Detail.
    I have Schallers installed on all of my basses—and I've been using them since the early 80's. Never had a problem with them.

    You're probably going to get 50 different suggestions here, and what it'll come down to is you going to your local music store and choosing between the two different makes that they carry...
  10. DinoRock


    Mar 26, 2015
    New York State
    +1 Dunlop Dual Straploks and for studio only guitars and basses I've started using Fender Strap Blocks (rubber washers that secure a strap pretty well).
  11. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    This topic comes up regularly, and always ends the same...its best to just get what makes the most sense to you.
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  12. Big Hoss

    Big Hoss Up note, down note, blue note, brown note...

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  13. Robus


    Aug 25, 2013
    Chicago Area
    These, but they're hard to find:

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  14. not even close.....DUNLOP
  15. djasterix


    Jan 1, 2012
    Lima, Peru
    Dunlop Dual Design, best of all time...
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  16. I have schallers and loxx. I prefer loxx they are better for heavy basses. And very silent when you are playing the bass in the studio and with headphones.
  17. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    When it comes to steel locks I Have always used Schaller till I bought a bass with Dunlops a month ago. Dunlop Dunlop Dunlop.

    Planet waves locking straps are great too. But beer washers... Mmmm beeeeer.
  18. CGremlin

    CGremlin Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2014
    Schaller for me, although it's rather critical they be put on the strap in the correct orientation (open side up), and checked every now and again to make sure the nut is tight. I had a Dunlop fail a couple of months back when one of the bearings came out of the pin, but fortunately the bass didn't hit the floor.
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  19. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Schaller and Dunlop are two of the best and most popular. Both do the job well.
    nshuman, squirefan and DwaynieAD like this.

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